Within the immensely rich body of teachings on “mind training” in Tibetan Buddhism (known in the Tibetan language as “Lojong”), the most widely taught and practiced is the “Seven-Point Mind Training,” which was composed roughly a millennium ago by the renowned Indian Buddhist scholar and contemplative Atisha. The essential theme of this training is learning how to transmute all the joys and sorrows of life and death into one’s spiritual path to liberation and awakening. This is a kind of spiritual alchemy in which one transforms all that life brings to us—even that which appears highly toxic—into nourishment for our spiritual growth and maturation. During this retreat Alan Wallace will offer commentary and guided meditations on these traditional teachings, which are embedded in a Buddhist worldview, including the understanding of rebirth, karma, and the bodhisattva ideal of aspiring for Perfect Awakening for the sake of all sentient beings. In addition, he will expand on Atisha’s teachings on ultimate bodhicitta—the realization of emptiness—by offering an oral commentary on his translations of two seminal works on this subject by Atisha: A Guide to the Two Realities and Pith Instructions on a Single Mindfulness. The retreat will be comprised of lectures, guided meditations, and discussion periods.